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Meaning of EMBEZZLE

Pronunciation:  em'bezul

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use; "The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family"

EMBEZZLE is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: defalcate, malversate, misappropriate, peculate
 See Also: steal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Em*bez"zle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embezzled}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Embezzling}.] [Norm. F. embeseiller to destroy; cf.
OF. besillier to ill treat, ravage, destroy. Cf. {Bezzle}.]
1. To appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as property
   intrusted to one's care; to apply to one's private uses by
   a breach of trust; as, to embezzle money held in trust.

2. To misappropriate; to waste; to dissipate in extravagance.

         To embezzle our money in drinking or gaming.

Thesaurus Terms
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